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Bowen most recently served as head of music for Relativity Media, moving there in 2011 from New Line. His eclectic resume includes films like “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Magnolia,” “Elf” and “Wedding Crashers.”
In his new gig, Bowen will be leading Amazon Studios’ music strategy, partnerships and licensing for original content for each show and film project. He will be establishing group-wide policies and will enable Amazon Studios to support the music needs of its creative properties, as well as create partnerships and opportunities to leverage the body of musical works developed over time in partnership Prime Music and other platforms. He will also be take lead in helping attract the top musical talent to work on Amazon Studios’ shows and films, and ensure that the studio has compelling »
- Whitney Friedlander
A pair of Sundance 2015 titles — The Film Arcade’s James White and Magnolia’s Entertainment — take their theatrical bows amidst the Oscar-vying fray this weekend. Nominated for two Gotham Awards, writer-director Josh Mond’s James White stars Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon in a story born out of personal circumstances. John C. Reilly co-stars in Entertainment, which features Gregg Turkington as a broken comedian who tours a string of third-rate California desert… »
The past two weekends have been good for 20th Century Fox's The Martian at the box office, but they have been simply horrid for any newcomer that dares challenge it. Last weekend, The Martian won with just $11.4 million, as high-profile new releases such as Burnt and Our Brand Is Crisis pulled in dismal numbers, and another new release, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, failed to even crack the top 10. This weekend only brings two new movies to theaters in wide release, Spectre and The Peanuts Movie, both of which are expected to bring new life to the sagging box office this weekend.
According to the projections from BoxOffice.com, Spectre is expected to take in a whopping $90 million, with The Peanuts Movie projected to take a distant second place with a respectable $47 million opening weekend tally. If Spectre hits or exceeds its projection, its opening weekend will be higher »
When Tom Cruise finds a director he likes, he sticks to them like glue. The actor has collaborated with some of the finest filmmakers in his career: Stanley Kubrick (Eyes Wide Shut), Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia), Steven Spielberg (Minority Report), Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire), and Michael Mann (Collateral), to name a few. One of his most rewarding collaborations from the past few years […]
- Jack Giroux
Paris– Canal Plus Group’s CEO Maxime Saada, Gaumont Intl. boss Cecile Gaget, “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius and the Cnc’s (National Film Board) Xavier Lardou were among the top film execs at the 25th edition of the Rencontres Cinematographiques confab hosted by the Arp (authors, directors, producers’ guild) in Dijon, France.
The conference marked Saada’s first high-profile debate since being tapped CEO of Canal Plus Group, the Vivendi-owned pay TV giant, in July.
Saada, who attended the first debate of the confab on Oct. 23 along with Gaget, Hazanavicius and French producer Mathieu Tarot, said Canal Plus Group and its film banner Studiocanal were to invest more in development to encourage producers to come up with stronger scripts and venture more often into genre, tackle more ambitious projects.
Although Canal Plus Group signed a five-year agreement last May to invest 12.5% of annual revenues in French or other-European films »
- Elsa Keslassy
“Tangerine,” Sean Baker’s Sundance darling about two transgender prostitutes on a Christmas Eve jaunt through Los Angeles, might not seem like your typical Oscar movie. But against the backdrop of the Emmys recognizing Laverne Cox’s performance in “Orange is the New Black” in 2014, Magnolia Pictures and the Duplass brothers, who produced “Tangerine,” are launching an Oscar campaign for the indie, Variety has learned. It’s the first time a movie distributor has ever backed an awards season push for a transgender actress in Hollywood history.
In fact, “Tangerine” features two breakout transgender stars. Magnolia will be trumpeting newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in the best actress category and Mya Taylor, who Baker met at a Lgbt center just as she was transitioning, for best supporting actress.
The scrappy campaign — which is forgoing traditional “For Your Consideration” advertising — will officially kick off on Tuesday night, during an Academy conversation with the Duplass brothers, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Surprisingly, there will be a new Paul Thomas Anderson film in theaters from October 16th to October 22nd. That's this month. If you are as baffled as I was when I opened the e-mail, let me assure you that you did not accidentally black out and forget an entire announced project. Instead, this is a new video called "Divers," built around the song by Joanna Newsom and the artwork of Kim Keever, and it's being released exclusively to theaters to count down to the release of Newsom's new album, also called "Divers." Newsom appeared in Anderson's most recent film, "Inherent Vice," playing a role that spurred some fascinating conversations with other fans of the film, and she's a remarkable vocalist as well. Anderson directed the first video from her album, "Sapokanikan," and I've watched it four or five times now. It's a challenging song, and Newsom's performance is so vulnerable »
- Drew McWeeny
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Two of Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpieces have returned to Netflix this month: 2001: A Space Odyssey and its follow-up A Clockwork Orange. While we wouldn’t recommend the experience for first-time viewings — go find the biggest theatrical screen possible — if you’re looking to re-watch, they are now easy to stream. – Jordan R.
Where to Stream: »
- TFS Staff
Junya Sakino is a new japanese director, that has previously worked as a cinematographer and producer, both in Japan and the Us. On the occasion of the release of his first feature film, Sake Bomb he answered some of my questions. I will not get into further details about him as the interview is quite biographical
First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your first feature film, Sake bomb. Could you tell us a bit about the path that brought you from Japan to the U.S and the making of this movie.?
I was born and raised in Japan and decided to move to Los Angeles to purse a filmmaking career. It’s not that I didn’t consider staying in Japan, but it made sense for me that there were a lot of universities that offered film studies, so my natural instinct was just to »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Although best known for his stand-up, Oswalt has appeared in various films and TV shows over the past two decades. While he has played a handful of smaller roles in such projects as Magnolia, Man on the Moon, Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch, Community and SpongeBob SquarePants, he is also known for his larger parts in such projects as The King of Queens, Big Fan, Ratatouille and Young Adult.
[The film is] about a college graduate who goes to work at The Circle, an Internet monopoly that links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system. The result is one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency — which turns out not to always be a good thing.
According to the site, »
- Justin Cook
Religious crowds pulled off a “great awakening” at the Labor Day box office, raising low-budget “War Room” above “Straight Outta Compton” and reaffirming the value of producing pictures for faith-based moviegoers.
The $3 million production from brothers Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick brought in $12.6 million over the four-day holiday. The film has earned $27.9 million and is on track to be the biggest hit of the Kendricks’ careers, passing “Courageous” ($34.5 million) and “Fireproof” ($33.4 million). It arrives in theaters courtesy of Sony’s Affirm division.
“War Room’s” success was one of the only bright spots in an otherwise torpid weekend at the multiplexes. Overall ticket sales are still being calculated, but it is shaping up to be one of the worst Labor Day holidays over the past decade.
That poor showing is because newcomers like Europacorp’s “Transporter Refueled” failed to generate much heat, snagging fifth place and $9 million at the box office. »
- Brent Lang
The federation, comprised of 500 of the world's top critics, will honour Miller its Fipresci Grand Prix 2015..
The award will be presented to the Australian writer/director/producer at the opening ceremony of the 63rd Annual San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 18 in San Sebastian, Spain.
Since its early 2015 release, Mad Max has become one of the best-reviewed films of this or any year, earning a 98 per cent fresh rating on the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which lists Mad Max: Fury Road as the 12th best-reviewed film of all time.
Miller said he was proud of the Aussie cast and crew, "big time".
"Their skill set, their unfailing grace under pressure. This was a tough movie to make. It's so lovely to have our many labours acknowledged in this way. »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Speaking on radio station Rtl whilst promoting his new film Dheepan, the 63-year-old director announced his intention to make an English-language film and that Reilly, famed for his roles in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Step Brothers, will be his star.
The film will be an adaptation of author Patrick deWitt’s 2011 novel The Sisters Brothers, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of “two brothers hired to murder a prospector during the California Gold Rush. They travel from Oregon City to San Francisco, only to find out that the man they’ve been sent to kill may have something better to offer.” The book has received numerous awards in Canada and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. »
- Scott J. Davis
Digital projection is meaning cleaner and more stable pictures on the big screen.
Have you noticed anything different in the past few years of visiting your local multiplex? No more Harry Potter films every year mainly, but more fundamentally than that – does the screen look cleaner and more stable than usual? None of the scratches and jitter that you always used to see?
You’re witnessing the results of cinema's digital switchover, just another step our lives have taken from the analogue into the digital world. It’s maybe something many haven’t thought about too much, as they sit back, munch popcorn and drink gallons of Fanta while watching dozens of blockbusters.
But considering how many people are affected by it and its impact on how cinemas are run, maybe we should be asking: what’s wrong with this picture?
Since the film-digital debate is kind of technical, just »
It Takes a Muscle: De Jong’s Debut a Vibrant Entry in Familiar Genre
So perhaps there is a room for a bit of inventiveness in the continual exploration of the bildungsroman, at least evidenced by Dutch director Sam de Jong’s directorial debut Prince. Heavily stylized with flourishes of impressive editing and an energetic soundtrack fluctuating between hypnotic electro beats, crooning vintage tracks, and a synthesized menace promising more detrimental events than the film actually delivers, this exploration of life in Amsterdam’s low income housing projects recalls the influences of works by Refn and Antonio Campos, at least as far its power for brooding male leads struggling through an increasingly apathetic universe. Ultimately, de Jong proves to be less interested in the provocations his tone would otherwise indicate, surprisingly crafting a sweet natured portrait of conflicted adolescence.
17 year old Ayoub (Ayoub Elasri) lives with his lonely single Dutch »
- Nicholas Bell
Tom Cruise has come a very long way since his screen debut in Franc Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981). Thirty six movies and a whole lot of stardom later and he’s still the biggest movie star on the planet. He is perhaps, also the biggest film star in movie history. You’d be hard pushed to offer up any other actor that’s sustained that level of popularity and box office pull for that long. There is a good reason for this too. Cruise polarises opinion of course and there are those that would see his downfall, but in large part that’s due to all things that have little if nothing to do with Tom Cruise the filmmaker.
Being Tom Cruise must take a special kind of energy. So special in fact that he has sustained that level of dash for nigh on thirty years without letting up. And if Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, »
- Paul Donovan
Like most talented performers who’ve doubled as quintessential movie stars, Tom Cruise doesn’t always get the chance to demonstrate that he can actually act. There’s often just too much Tom Cruise in the way for people to notice, especially when he lets his erratic personal life take center stage. Putting together an “essential” list for such an actor is a bit of a tightrope act, walking the line between crowd pleasing star turns and performances of real substance. That said, here are ten Tom Cruise films that are not to be missed:
Risky Business (1983) – The early 80s were awash in teen sex comedies, most of which have justifiably faded from memory. Then there’s Risky Business, which not only rose above the pack, but made an indelible mark on pop culture history. It wasn’t Tom Cruise’s first movie, but it might as well have been: »
- M. Robert Grunwald
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
One of my favorite books, and favorite movies of the decade, is Moneyball. Telling the story of how A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his front office used statistical analytics – called Sabermetrics – to put together a winning team off a low budget and undervalued players. I’ve always enjoyed that side of Baseball, how integral we evaluate statistics is to the sport, so I thought it was high time I brought it to how we evaluate movies. Given that film is a subjective medium, the only real hard statistic we have to evaluate is box office returns. So, each week I will be taking a look at the weekend numbers and seeing what Baseball statistics have to say about them.
Here are the »
- Dylan Griffin
Anyone growing into pop culture consciousness during the mid-2000s will be familiar with a certain type of Tom Cruise, one labeled with some criticism in a recent Buzzfeed article as “Tom Cruise 2.0.” To them, Tom Cruise may have first become familiar as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible movie, as an action star who, in spite of fearful insurance agents and publicists, prefers to do his own stunts—especially if they include declaring maniacal love for Katie Holmes atop Oprah Winfrey’s couch. He was probably their first introduction to the alien world of Scientology, or perhaps already known as the face of another hero thrust into the supernatural, having once served as the model for the titular character in Disney’s Aladdin.
This Tom Cruise, in spite of several critical successes in the past 10 years, has yet to shake completely the straws of tabloid fodder that prick up every time someone dares, »
- Christina Leo
Tom Cruise isn't quite the box office king he was back in 1996 when the first Mission Impossible hit theaters, yet the franchise is still surprisingly strong and the fifth movie in the series is poised to open pretty big this weekend. It's also scored surprisingly strong reviews with a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has a 93 percent rating.)
Now we have a question for you: What is the single best Tom Cruise movie? Feel free to vote for one of his »
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